If you have to buy a new snow shovel, you shouldn't take the first one right away. When buying, pay a lot more attention to our tips.Don't buy the first-ever snow shovel
Even in late autumn, snowfalls can be expected every year in our latitudes. And from this point on the garden owner needs a functional snow shovel to free garden paths and courtyard entrances from the white splendor again.
The purchase of a suitable snow shovel makes the rather difficult work considerably easier for us! One reason why we would like to introduce you to important features that you should definitely pay attention to when buying a snow shovel.
Buy snow shovel - Follow these buying tips
Tip 1 - material selection:
The decisive factor is, first of all, the choice of materials, which today extends to plastic, aluminum, other metals and wood as well as various material combinations. The numerous plastic snow shovels are among the absolute lightweights. They are therefore ideal for older people and women.
So-called plastic cheap models should always be checked for stability before buying, so that they do not break too quickly in wet, heavy snow. Because a double purchase would quickly destroy the low price.
Furthermore, snow shovels made of aluminum have become just as robust as metal and wooden versions. In maintenance, however, it is much easier to handle and can be classified as extremely hard-wearing compared to road salt. Only small scattered pebbles can make aluminum shovels difficult because they often scratch the surfaces.
Tip 2 - bucket width:
The most common blade widths are between 40 and 60 centimeters. However, you should always adapt these to the conditions at your location, e.g. the sidewalk widths in the garden or on the sidewalks in front of the house. The snow shovels are relatively easy to move within these latitudes, even if you load them with heavy snow.The most common blade widths are between 40 and 60 centimeters
In addition, you should ensure that the shovel is slightly raised so that the snow does not slip off the shovel when pushed.
Tip 3 - handle selection:
In addition to the straight-handled snow shovels, models with ergonomic handles are also available today. So-called Y-handles and D-handles make handling a snow shovel even easier. Especially when snow is not only loosely shoved to the side, but also has to be piled up due to lack of space.
In the specialist trade, snow shovels with easily replaceable handles or stems are now increasingly being offered. Depending on the weather, you can easily replace the handles during the entire winter season.
Tip 4 - slide rails and rubber lip:
When buying a snow shovel, you should also take a look at the associated slide rails that support the clearing process. Because the slide rails should work on tarred surfaces as well as on a layer of ice and / or snow.Pay attention to slide rails and rubber lip
On top of that, many snow shovels are provided with a rubber lip at the end of the shovel in order to protect the base material again. This rubber lip should then also be made of high-quality plastic so that it can withstand the winter weather (strong temperature fluctuations) and contact with road salt and not become porous at the same time.
Tip 5 - buy snow witch instead of snow shovel:
If you own a large plot of land or live in southern Germany or in the Ore Mountains, a snow witch is probably more suitable than a normal snow shovel. The person skilled in the art understands this to mean an extremely spacious snow shovel or snow tub which, for reasons of stability, is provided with a complete roll bar on the rear side. With such a snow witch, especially large amounts of snow can be pushed aside absolutely quickly.A snow witch has a complete roll bar
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